09.30 AM to 10:15 AM (CEST)

An interactive exchange with experts and the audience

Under the German pavilion’s theme ‘The liveable city of the future’ we want to invite a group of experts, practitioners and urbanists to discuss how a more effective and efficient use of public space and traffic areas can improve the quality of life in cities. While we bring a lot of questions and challenges from the German urban planning and research context to the table, we want to use the format to ideate possible solutions from various perspectives and create an interactive learning experience.

MAIN CONVENOR: Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB)



Dr. Bernhard Schneider | Head of Division, Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building, Germany


Thomas Schöneberg | Scientific Project Manager, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development, Germany

Since November 2021, Thomas is working at BBSR in the field of smart cities with a close relationship to urban mobility, strategic foresight and innovation management at BBSR. In addition, he is passionate about scenario planning and climate resilience. 


Lior Steinberg | Co-Founder, Humankind

Lior Steinberg is an urban planner and co-founder of Humankind, a multidisciplinary collective accelerating the transition towards urban happiness for all. He helps cities to look beyond functionality and to plan urban spaces that make people smile. 

Holger Dalkmann | CEO & Founder, Sustain 2030

Holger Dalkmann has over twenty-five years of experience working in the field of transport, cities, sustainability and climate change. He is founder and CEO of his own business (Sustain 2030) based in Berlin, Germany. He operates as an independent consultant providing strategic and technical advice for a variety of international organisations like GIZ, UK AID, World Bank among others. Before he worked for the World Resources Institute in Washington DC. He was Director for its Sustainable Mobility program (EMBARQ) with more than 150 employees world-wide. Holger is one of the co-founders of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLOCAT) and has been on the SLOCAT board since 2013.  

Holger worked in more than thirty countries on mobility, environment and climate change.  

Holger holds a Masters degree in Geography and taught at the University of Duisburg and University of Trier. He has published over 100 articles including the influential Avoid-Shift-Improve concept.  

Eveline Trevisan | Coordinator for Sustainability & the Environment, Belo Horizonte Transport, Brazil

Architect, PhD in Urbanism. Since 2012, has coordinated Belo Horizonte’s bicycle mobility program Pedala BH. Since 2018, she has been working on projects to reduce speed on the streets in order to bring more safety and reframe the role of the street as an important meeting place for people.